Late-Inning Lightening Strikes Angeles

Trailing 4-1 in the sixth inning, Willy Aybar slammed a three-run home run to tie the game and an inning later, J.D. Drew's pinch-hit home run put the Dodgers in front to stay, Three more runs in the eighth made things easier as Joe Beimel won his first in Dodger Blue and Danys Baez and Takashi Saito each worked a shutout inning to nail things down.

Los Angles made it two in a row over the Angels, following a 16-3 bashing Friday night with a come-from-behind 8-4 win Saturday afternoon in front of 55,587 at Dodger Stadium.

Willy Aybar's three-run home run off Angels starter Kevin Gregg with Nomar Garciaparra and Jeff Kent on base with singles tied the game 4-4.

Drew's 150th career home run came in the bottom of the seventh hitting for starter Brett Tomko, snapping the deadlock. The Dodgers added three insurance runs in the eighth on RBI by Russell Martin and Rafael Furcal, who had three hits, put the game out of reach.

For the second game in succession, Dodgers fell behind when Dallas McPherson boomed a home run off Tomko, who battled through six innings without his best stuff and held Anaheim to only one more run.

Los Angeles bounced back with a run in the bottom of the inning when Kenny Lofton, returning to the lineup after missing two games, singled, moved to third on Garciaparra's double off the right-field fence and scored on Jeff Kent's infield out.

Consecutive singles by Robb Quinlan and Erick Aybar put runners on first and second with none out. and Figgins singled with two out to give the Angel's a 4-1 margin.

Big brother Willy Aybar didn't let his younger brother get the best of him, tying the game in the sixth with his first homer of the year.

Tomko left the game after six, having allowed 10 hits and all four runs. Joe Beimel fanned the first three hitters in the seventh but a wild pitch put Juan Rivera on first base and Beimel had a chance to tie the league record of four strikeouts in an inning.

He got out of the inning much more economically, picking Rivera off first.

Baez and Saito each worked a hitless inning and the Dodgers moved to 23-20 on the season and moved to within a game of the league lead, pending the Saturday night games.
  Score by innings
Angels  300 100 000-4
Dodgers 100 003 13x-8

  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS      5 0 3 1 .249
Lofton, CF      5 1 1 0 .274
Garciaparra, 1B 4 1 2 0 .357
Kent, 2B        4 1 1 1 .243
Aybar, 3B       2 2 1 3 .391
Ethier, LF      4 1 1 0 .311
Cruz, RF        3 0 0 0 .235
Martin C        4 1 0 1 .295
Tomko, P        2 0 0 0 .111
Beimel, P       0 0 0 0 .000
Drew, PH        1 1 1 1 .301
Baez, P         0 0 0 0 .000
Saenz, PH       0 0 0 0 .318
Saito, P        0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals     34 8 10 7
    Angels     37 4 10 4

  Error- none. 2B hit- Garciaparra (11). 
HR- Aybar (1), Drew (8). RBI- Kent (28), 
Aybar 3 (8), Drew (31), Martin, R (9), 
Furcal (15). LOB- 6, Dodgers 6.
  Dodgers     in  h r-er bb so era
Tomko        6.0 10 4-4  0  4 3.21
Beimel (1-0) 1.0  0 0-0  0  3 2.70
Baez         1.0  0 0-0  0  0 2.95
Saito        1.0  0 0-0  0  1 2.74
  WP- Tomko, Beimel.
T- 3:01. Att- 55,587.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Jason Repko's high ankle sprain that put him on the 15-day disabled list on May 10 has been slow to heal and he could be sidelined for at least another month. With only four outfielders on the roster, reserve infielder Willy Aybar has been working out in the outfield and could soon be playing some left field. …Derek Lowe (1-3, 3.45 ERA) opposes the Angels this afternoon (not Saturday as we reported--sorry). He was the only Dodgers pitcher to beat the Angels last season and has a 4-4 career record against them.